The new divorce law came into legal force in England and Wales on 6 April 2022 and also applies to civil partnership dissolution.
No-fault divorce is a divorce procedure that does not apportion blame to either party. The most important aspect of no-fault divorce is the removal of fault or blame from the divorce process.
Married couples in England and Wales can now start divorce proceedings without having to blame their ex-partner for the breakdown of the marriage as no-fault divorce legislation comes into legal force.
Previously, under the outdated divorce law, couples needed to prove the breakdown of their marriage through unreasonable behaviour, adultery, or desertion. If there wasn’t an agreement to divorce, couples were left with no option but to wait until they had been living separately for 5 years.
The significant changes will mean that the grounds for divorce are entirely non-fault instead of a mix of both fault and non-fault, such as unreasonable behaviour.
Making a divorce application is an entirely digital process, removing the possibility for paper applications.
Here is a summary of the key changes you need to know about the new no fault divorce law:
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